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Bob Thibodeau Answers Your Questions About Podcasting!

Episode 2

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Published on:

23rd Jul 2019

11:45am

Is Podcasting Difficult to Do?

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Is Podcasting Difficult to Do?


Today, I will answer the question, “Is It Difficult to Do?”

Quick answer is “No.” But there are some things that you need to pay attention to in order to produce a quality product. If you do not have a quality podcast in this day and time, your listeners will probably only end up being your family and close friends. If you want to expand your reach, you should invest in a few pieces of equipment that will improve your quality.

Now, if you are doing a video podcast, you definitely will need a camera. If you are going to use your lap top, you probably have a camera built in. If you are using a desk top computer, you can purchase a cheap camera that will sit on top of the monitor.  The other option is to purchase an actual video camera, but this could also be the most expensive option.

For an audio podcast, you can use the microphone built into the computer itself. But it will also sound like you are using the microphone built into the computer. For just a small investment, you can purchase a headset and microphone combination. This will improve the sound quality and help you to stand out from those who just want to use their cell phone or computer microphone.

For a bit more, you can purchase a little better Condenser microphone, such as a Blue Yeti or Blue Snowball. These work well as long you stay close to the microphone. I have used a Blue Yeti and you can see it here!

If you truly want to go all out and get to the professional sounding quality, you can purchase a Dynamic Microphone. This style of microphone only picks up sounds that are directly in front of it. It’s the type you see in pictures of radio stations where the DJ is speaking directly into the mic.  The condenser mic’s pick up sounds from AROUND the microphone…basically, the room. Which is why it sounds “funny” unless you are directly in front of the microphone, like I am right now.

So, there you have a list of some of the equipment you will need. In the next episode, I will go over “Is it complicated?”  

Over the course of these episodes and articles, I want to answer any questions you may have concerning podcasting. You can leave your questions in the comments section below. But a better way of communicating with me and making sure I am able to see your questions rapidly is by using the contact form on my website. Go to https://podcast-training.com/contact and click on the contact tab. Fill out the form and be sure to send me your questions. 

If your question is used on this podcast, I will be giving you credit for bringing it to our attention and you will receive a FREE download of my book, “The Complete Guide to Podcasting.”  That is a $37 value and you will receive it for FREE if you send along your questions and used on this “ASK BOB” program. If you include your website or podcast information, I will be referencing that as well and putting your information in the show notes of the podcast. 

Who knows, you may see some increased traffic to your website, your podcast, etc. just from asking a question.  If I get asked the same question, the first person to ask it will be getting the credit. So IF you have a question, don’t wait!  Ask today. Just go to https://podcast-training.com/contact and fill out the contact form.

Be sure to subscribe to this podcast in order to be notified when a new episode is being published and a new question is being answered.

Download your FREE PODCAST CREATION CHECKLIST today! This is the same checklist I provide my clients and follows along with the training program. I am making...

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22nd Jul 2019

11:45am

What is a Podcast?

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WHAT IS A PODCAST?

Today, I will answer the question, “What is a Podcast?”

First, a podcast is a modern form of blogging. When blogging was introduced, it transformed the way information could be delivered to the masses. Instead of writers submitting countless articles to countless magazines, etc. in trying to get their articles published, blogging was created.

With the expansion of the internet, bloggers soon found they could bypass the corporate world of magazines and interact with their intended audiences directly. Some bloggers even monetized their content and created an entire new career, without even trying to enter the magazine publishing world.

Podcasting is the audio version of blogging!

Just like blogging allowed anyone with a computer to become a reporter, podcasting allows anyone with a computer to become a talk show host or online radio personality.

The main difference between online radio and podcasting is the ability for podcasters to generate subscribers. I had an online radio station that had thousands of listeners in over 160 nations. We were rated #1 in the world on several occasions by Shoutcast. But I could not ever contact any of them. I could not capture their emails nor offer them the ability to subscribe to new programming. I was at their mercy to keep coming back for more content.

Podcasting changes that dynamic. Through podcasting, you can offer a subscription alternative. You can offer free items in exchange for your listener’s email address. You can grow your own, personal audience that only wants to hear from you!

In the next episode, I will answer the question, "Is Podcasting Difficult to Do?"

Over the course of these episodes and articles, I want to answer any questions you may have concerning podcasting. You can leave your questions in the comments section below. But a better way of communicating with me and making sure I am able to see your questions rapidly is by using the contact form on my website. Go to https://podcast-training.com/contact and click on the contact tab. Fill out the form and be sure to send me your questions. 

If your question is used on this podcast, I will be giving you credit for bringing it to our attention and you will receive a FREE download of my book, “The Complete Guide to Podcasting.”  That is a $37 value and you will receive it for FREE if you send along your questions and used on this “ASK BOB” program. If you include your website or podcast information, I will be referencing that as well and putting your information in the show notes of the podcast. 

Who knows, you may see some increased traffic to your website, your podcast, etc. just from asking a question.  If I get asked the same question, the first person to ask it will be getting the credit. So IF you have a question, don’t wait!  Ask today. Just go to https://podcast-training.com/contact and fill out the contact form.

Be sure to subscribe to this podcast in order to be notified when a new episode is being published and a new question is being answered.

Download your FREE PODCAST CREATION CHECKLIST today! This is the same checklist I provide my clients and follows along with the training program. I am making it available to you FREE at this link:

http://rthibodeau.com/receive-your-free-podcast-training-checklist/

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Published on:

16th Jul 2019

11:45am

Ask Bob - Who Am I and Why Should You Listen?

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ASK BOB - Podcasting Q&A
Bob Thibodeau answers your questions about podcasting!
This podcast is designed to answer YOUR questions about podcasting! I will also answer some of the more common questions about podcasting that I have received. If you have a question about podcasting, send it my way!

If I use your question in our podcast, I will give you a shoutout on that particular episode AND I will put your website or podcast URL in the show notes for everyone to see. Who knows - you may get some extra traffic headed your way! All for asking a question!

In addition, I will send along a free download to my book, "The Complete Guide to Podcasting" (a $37 value)!

Just go to my website (below) and submit the contact form to ask your questions!

ASK BOB!

www.podcast-training.com/contact

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Bob Thibodeau

Hi, Bob Thibodeau here…Welcome to "ASK BOB!"

I'm achieved the nickname of the “Podcast Yoda.” This is because I’ve helped many people over these last few years to start their own podcasts (some have become award winning podcasts)! I got the nickname, "Podcast Yoda" because I was active on a few Facebook groups concerning podcasting and was helping out with some tips. Someone commented, “You’re like the Yoda of Podcasting!” Then other chimed in and, well, long story short, I now have the nickname of “Podcast Yoda.”

I've been active in podcasting and online radio since 2010. All total, I have created over 3,000 individual episodes (between my radio programs and podcasting) since 2010.

A quick background: I'm a 12 year Army Vet (both enlisted time and as a Commissioned Officer). I had my own successful business for seven years, before I decided to enter law enforcement. I am now a retired police supervisor and enjoying life with my family and grandchildren.

I've been in some form or fashion of Christian ministry since 1995 and I am the founder of the highly rated "Evangelism Radio" online radio station. This station has been my focus since 2010. I became committed to the podcasting realm on a consistent basis in 2017. Since 2017, I have interviewed almost 400 guests and produced close to 600 episodes of "The Kingdom Cross Roads Podcast."

I decided to formalize my training into a podcast training program that is focused on those who are just starting their podcasting journey. more information on that can be obtained at my website at www.askbobpodcast.com